Tue, Dec. 21, 2010 - [Men's Basketball]
The road less traveled for the Duhawks to start 2010 was the one that led to Lillis Court inside the Athletic and Wellness Center. As the Duhawks near the halfway point of the 2010-11 season, they halted a brief two game losing streak with a 91-83 win over North Park University (5-4) in just their third home game of the season.
The Duhawks scored a season high 91 points in the win on a season high 52.5% from the field, 48% from long distance, and 80% from the free throw line.
Mike Gleason scored a career high 25 points on 8-of-15 shooting (including 7-of-12 from three point range) to lead the Duhawks. He added an assist, a steal, and an offensive rebound to his line. Joining Gleason in the career night category was Travis Guy, whose 20 points and 13 rebounds were both the best in his time in the purple and gold. Eight of Guy's 13 rebounds were on the offensive end, he was 8-for-10 from the floor, made all three of his free throws chipped in one assist. Dan Pawelski also made eight field goals, totaling 18 points from the post position and added five rebounds.
The trio made 24 of Loras' 32 baskets. Eleven of the 23 three pointers the Duhawks took went down - including four of their last five of the first half to gain a lead at the break, 45-42. Among that run was a shot by Gleason that went down to give the Duhawks a 36-35 lead. A foul after the shot went down by North Park's Kendall Greer set up Gleason to make two free throws and make it a five-point trip.
The Duhawks battled on the defensive end as the Vikings spread the ball around with five players in double figures - three of those off the bench, but none more than 15. Nick Hoekstra and Shaun Collins combined to go 9-for-12 from the floor, all from long distance.
Loras was +5 in rebounding (Guy had nearly half of Loras' - 13 of the 30). They turned the ball over just nine times and blocked four shots.
Loras trailed by 13 points at the midway point of the first half, scoring just 14 points. They scored 29 points in the final 10 minutes of the first half, and 75 of their 91 in the game's final 30 minutes.
The Vikings led by as many as five points, 81-76, with 3:30 to go. Gleason tied the game at 81 with two and a half minutes to go and gave them the lead for good 84-81 with his final three pointer of the game. Loras conceded just two free throws to North Park over that final 3:30. The Vikings went 0-for-5 from the field in that stretch.
Loras will return to the road on December 29 when they travel to Clinton, Iowa to take on NAIA Ashford University. The game will be available locally on Newstalk 1490 WDBQ-AM starting at 6:45 PM.